Budget impasse causes problems for child abuse centers
On Wednesday, local bikers stood against child abuse, at the third annual “Rock and Ride Against Child Abuse”. It’s an event geared towards raising money for the Mini-O’Bierne Crisis Nursery, a center for child abuse.
“Kids get abused, beaten, sodomized, neglected, there are kids that don’t eat, so anything we can do to help,” said Jerry Jabusch, the organizer of Rock and Ride Against Child Abuse.
In Illinois, there were 110,098 alleged victims of child abuse and neglect in 2015, according to the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services.
Child abuse experts said there is a great need for abuse resources in the state, however, resources are lacking due to over two years without a state budget.
“We have had to cut back on our staff, we still are open 24 hours a day, we utilize volunteers more than we have in the past and we rely more on fundraising than we have in the past,” said Karen Cox, the executive Director of the Mini-O’Bierne Crisis Nursery.
The crisis nursery provides resources to around two-thousand children every year. Cox said it is vital their organization has the funds available to serve as many children as possible.
“Fundraising is a really big part of what we do to fill our gap between state funding and what our needs are on a regular basis,” explained Cox.
The money raised from the event will help the nursery with their daily operations. People in attendance said they couldn’t think of a better charity to support.
“It’s about coming together and becoming a bigger and stronger family, especially for the children,” said Troy Smith, a biker against child abuse.
A couple hundred people attended the event.